Checklist for authors

After receiving NACC data through the data request process, use the resources below to prepare for publication and review.

  1. Be sure to include the NACC/NIA grant citation.
  2. You are required to submit your publication to NACC for review before releasing manuscripts, meeting abstracts, or any other research results.
  3. In order to comply with the NIH public access policy, all authors using NACC data must submit their work to PubMed Central (PMC).


Beginning in summer 2019, the NIA Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) program is referring to all centers as Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (ADRCs).

The NACC database contains data from both Alzheimer's Disease Core Centers (ADCCs) and ADRCs. If referring to the NACC database, you may refer to the centers as ADCs, but if referring to the current NIA program, we recommend referring to the centers as ADRCs.

Citing the grant

In abstracts and posters, acknowledge the NACC grant number, and the ADRCs as the source of the data. PLEASE NOTE: MRI and PET data from the Standardized Centralized Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging (SCAN) Initiative, and data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Genetic Consortium (ADGC) have additional grant information and ADRC information as listed below.

If using NACC data, the following statement acknowledging the NACC grant and Center support is required in presentations and the acknowledgments section of manuscripts:

The NACC database is funded by NIA/NIH Grant U24 AG072122. NACC data are contributed by the NIA-funded ADRCs: P30 AG062429 (PI James Brewer, MD, PhD), P30 AG066468 (PI Oscar Lopez, MD), P30 AG062421 (PI Bradley Hyman, MD, PhD), P30 AG066509 (PI Thomas Grabowski, MD), P30 AG066514 (PI Mary Sano, PhD), P30 AG066530 (PI Helena Chui, MD), P30 AG066507 (PI Marilyn Albert, PhD), P30 AG066444 (PI John Morris, MD), P30 AG066518 (PI Jeffrey Kaye, MD), P30 AG066512 (PI Thomas Wisniewski, MD), P30 AG066462 (PI Scott Small, MD), P30 AG072979 (PI David Wolk, MD), P30 AG072972 (PI Charles DeCarli, MD), P30 AG072976 (PI Andrew Saykin, PsyD), P30 AG072975 (PI David Bennett, MD), P30 AG072978 (PI Neil Kowall, MD), P30 AG072977 (PI Robert Vassar, PhD), P30 AG066519 (PI Frank LaFerla, PhD), P30 AG062677 (PI Ronald Petersen, MD, PhD), P30 AG079280 (PI Eric Reiman, MD), P30 AG062422 (PI Gil Rabinovici, MD), P30 AG066511 (PI Allan Levey, MD, PhD), P30 AG072946 (PI Linda Van Eldik, PhD), P30 AG062715 (PI Sanjay Asthana, MD, FRCP), P30 AG072973 (PI Russell Swerdlow, MD), P30 AG066506 (PI Todd Golde, MD, PhD), P30 AG066508 (PI Stephen Strittmatter, MD, PhD), P30 AG066515 (PI Victor Henderson, MD, MS), P30 AG072947 (PI Suzanne Craft, PhD), P30 AG072931 (PI Henry Paulson, MD, PhD), P30 AG066546 (PI Sudha Seshadri, MD), P20 AG068024 (PI Erik Roberson, MD, PhD), P20 AG068053 (PI Justin Miller, PhD), P20 AG068077 (PI Gary Rosenberg, MD), P20 AG068082 (PI Angela Jefferson, PhD), P30 AG072958 (PI Heather Whitson, MD), P30 AG072959 (PI James Leverenz, MD).

Please do not state that “This study was supported by U24 AG072122.” (This is acceptable ONLY if NACC supported your study directly by awarding you funds through a NACC New Investigator grant.)

If using MRI and/or PET data from the Standardized Centralized Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging (SCAN) Initiative, the following statement acknowledging the SCAN grant and Centers is required in presentations and the acknowledgments section of manuscripts:

The NACC database is funded by NIA/NIH Grant U24 AG072122. SCAN is a multi-institutional project that was funded as a U24 grant (AG067418) by the National Institute on Aging in May 2020. Data collected by SCAN and shared by NACC are contributed by the NIA-funded ADRCs as follows:

Arizona Alzheimer’s Center - P30 AG072980 (PI: Eric Reiman, MD); R01 AG069453 (PI: Eric Reiman (contact), MD); P30 AG019610 (PI: Eric Reiman, MD); and the State of Arizona which provided additional funding supporting our center; Boston University - P30 AG013846 (PI Neil Kowall MD); Cleveland ADRC - P30 AG062428 (James Leverenz, MD); Cleveland Clinic, Las Vegas – P20AG068053; Columbia - P50 AG008702 (PI Scott Small MD); Duke/UNC ADRC – P30 AG072958; Emory University - P30AG066511 (PI Levey Allan, MD, PhD); Indiana University - R01 AG19771 (PI Andrew Saykin, PsyD); P30 AG10133 (PI Andrew Saykin, PsyD); P30 AG072976 (PI Andrew Saykin, PsyD); R01 AG061788 (PI Shannon Risacher, PhD); R01 AG053993 (PI Yu-Chien Wu, MD, PhD); U01 AG057195 (PI Liana Apostolova, MD); U19 AG063911 (PI Bradley Boeve, MD); and the Indiana University Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences; Johns Hopkins - P30 AG066507 (PI Marilyn Albert, Phd.); Mayo Clinic - P50 AG016574 (PI Ronald Petersen MD PhD); Mount Sinai - P30 AG066514 (PI Mary Sano, PhD); R01 AG054110 (PI Trey Hedden, PhD); R01 AG053509 (PI Trey Hedden, PhD); New York University - P30AG066512-01S2 (PI Thomas Wisniewski, MD); R01AG056031 (PI Ricardo Osorio, MD); R01AG056531 (PIs Ricardo Osorio, MD; Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD); Northwestern University - P30 AG013854 (PI Robert Vassar PhD); R01 AG045571 (PI Emily Rogalski, PhD); R56 AG045571, (PI Emily Rogalski, PhD); R01 AG067781, (PI Emily Rogalski, PhD); U19 AG073153, (PI Emily Rogalski, PhD); R01 DC008552, (M.-Marsel Mesulam, MD); R01 AG077444, (PIs M.-Marsel Mesulam, MD, Emily Rogalski, PhD); R01 NS075075 (PI Emily Rogalski, PhD); R01 AG056258 (PI Emily Rogalski, PhD); Oregon Health and Science University - P30 AG008017 (PI Jeffrey Kaye MD); R56 AG074321 (PI Jeffrey Kaye, MD); Rush University - P30 AG010161 (PI David Bennett MD); Stanford – P30AG066515; P50 AG047366 (PI Victor Henderson MD MS); University of Alabama, Birmingham – P20; University of California, Davis - P30 AG10129 (PI Charles DeCarli, MD); P30 AG072972 (PI Charles DeCarli, MD); University of California, Irvine - P50 AG016573 (PI Frank LaFerla PhD); University of California, San Diego - P30AG062429 (PI James Brewer, MD, PhD); University of California, San Francisco - P30 AG062422 (Rabinovici, Gil D., MD); University of Kansas - P30 AG035982 (Russell Swerdlow, MD); University of Kentucky - P30 AG028283-15S1 (PIs Linda Van Eldik, PhD and Brian Gold, PhD); University of Michigan ADRC - P30AG053760 (PI Henry Paulson, MD, PhD) P30AG072931 (PI Henry Paulson, MD, PhD) Cure Alzheimer's Fund 200775 - (PI Henry Paulson, MD, PhD) U19 NS120384 (PI Charles DeCarli, MD, University of Michigan Site PI Henry Paulson, MD, PhD) R01 AG068338 (MPI Bruno Giordani, PhD, Carol Persad, PhD, Yi Murphey, PhD) S10OD026738-01 (PI Douglas Noll, PhD) R01 AG058724 (PI Benjamin Hampstead, PhD) R35 AG072262 (PI Benjamin Hampstead, PhD) W81XWH2110743 (PI Benjamin Hampstead, PhD) R01 AG073235 (PI Nancy Chiaravalloti, University of Michigan Site PI Benjamin Hampstead, PhD) 1I01RX001534 (PI Benjamin Hampstead, PhD) IRX001381 (PI Benjamin Hampstead, PhD); University of New Mexico - P20 AG068077 (Gary Rosenberg, MD); University of Pennsylvania - State of PA project 2019NF4100087335 (PI David Wolk, MD); Rooney Family Research Fund (PI David Wolk, MD); R01 AG055005 (PI David Wolk, MD); University of Pittsburgh - P50 AG005133 (PI Oscar Lopez MD); University of Southern California - P50 AG005142 (PI Helena Chui MD); University of Washington - P50 AG005136 (PI Thomas Grabowski MD); University of Wisconsin - P50 AG033514 (PI Sanjay Asthana MD FRCP); Vanderbilt University – P20 AG068082; Wake Forest - P30AG072947 (PI Suzanne Craft, PhD); Washington University, St. Louis - P01 AG03991 (PI John Morris MD); P01 AG026276 (PI John Morris MD); P20 MH071616 (PI Dan Marcus); P30 AG066444 (PI John Morris MD); P30 NS098577 (PI Dan Marcus); R01 AG021910 (PI Randy Buckner); R01 AG043434 (PI Catherine Roe); R01 EB009352 (PI Dan Marcus); UL1 TR000448 (PI Brad Evanoff); U24 RR021382 (PI Bruce Rosen); Avid Radiopharmaceuticals / Eli Lilly; Yale - P50 AG047270 (PI Stephen Strittmatter MD PhD); R01AG052560 (MPI: Christopher van Dyck, MD; Richard Carson, PhD); R01AG062276 (PI: Christopher van Dyck, MD); 1Florida - P30AG066506-03 (PI Glenn Smith, PhD); P50 AG047266 (PI Todd Golde MD PhD)

If using data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Genetic Consortium (ADGC) the following statement acknowledging the ADGC grant is required in presentations and the acknowledgments section of manuscripts:

The Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Consortium (ADGC) is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (PI, Gerard D. Schellenberg; UO1AG032984)

Describing NACC data

  • Please be sure to review the data-collection forms and documentation, especially the Coding Guidebooks and Data Element Dictionaries, for help in describing the NACC data in your manuscript. You may want to consult this list of references cited in the coding guidebooks for the UDS and the FTLD and LBD Modules. These are the sources for the operational definitions and diagnostic criteria used in data collection.
  • The papers by Weintraub (2009), Weintraub (2018), Beekly (2004), Beekly (2007), Besser (2018, on the Neuropathology Data Set), Besser (2018, on Version 3 of the UDS), and Morris (2006) describe NACC data in detail and will also be helpful.
  • NACC recommends that you include the phrase, “This analysis used data from X ADRCs,” consulting the NACCADC variable to determine how many ADRCs are represented in your data set. (The NACCADC number varies from one data set to another because the number of ADRCs has changed over time.)
  • NACC recommends that you describe the specific span of time that is represented by your data. This can be accomplished by using the start date of the UDS (September 2005) and the data freeze on which your analysis was based (e.g., “… for UDS visits conducted between September 2005 and May 2012”). Please note that any given data freeze contains data from the previous month and before, such that the June freeze contains data from May and before). Please refer to the email documentation that you received with your data set or contact a NACC consultant to confirm the data freeze used for your data set. If your data set includes MDS subjects, please be aware that these data were abstracted from medical records starting in 1984.
  • If your research includes the CDR, note that Washington University requires that your manuscript's initial reference to the CDR® use the following language and registered trademark symbol: "CDR® Dementia Staging Instrument. "If your journal does not allow symbols, please include the full name of the instrument in your initial reference.
  • Addition"lly, if you are using the FTLD Module and/or the behavior, comportment, personality and language items collected on UDS Form B4, note that Washington University requires that your manuscript’s initial reference to the CDR® and NACC’s additional FTLD Module components use the following language and registered trademark symbol: "CDR® Dementia Staging Instrument plus NACC FTLD Behavior & Language Domains." After that initial use, "CDR® plus NACC FTLD" is acceptable. If your journal does not allow symbols, please include the full name of the instrument in your initial reference, and "CDR® plus NACC FTLD" in the remainder of the manuscript.

Using appropriate methods based on the nature of NACC data

  • Please note that the NACC data are not appropriate for studying the incidence or prevalence of MCI/dementia at the population level (city, county, state, etc.) because of the varying sampling strategies at each Center.
  • If conducting survival analysis using NACC data, beware of common violations of model assumptions. For example, if a subject has become too impaired to continue follow-up, the reason for censoring may be closely related to the outcome. Please contact a NACC consultant with any questions about time-to-event analyses.
  • NACC data are not ideally suited to study risk factors for dementia because of varying methods of subject recruitment across Centers and because of largely incomplete exposure histories.
  • NACC consultants are happy to speak further with researchers about appropriate methodology. Please contact us at

Ensuring proper submission to PubMed Central (PMC)